Burlington + Northern Vermont

Things to do in Burlington + Northern Vermont

Find out what’s underwater at this interactive science museum; there are more than 70 species featured in ever-changing exhibits. It also hosts an adult-friendly cocktail party called ECHO After Dark on the second Thursday of every month.

Behind its iconic marquee, the city’s largest theater has served many roles since opening in 1930 as a vaudeville house.

Located on the Burlington Bay waterfront, this unusual shop is part of the Peace & Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes human rights, racial justice, and economic equality.

Kayak, hike, bike, learn to row, explore on horseback, run in wide-open spaces with sweeping views. It’s all accessible through this center, which offers sculling and running camps as well as bike, boat, and kayak rentals.

This annual 10-mile cross-country skiing event starts on the summit of 4,393-foot Mount Mansfield, the state's highest peak, and winds up in the village of Stowe, an architectural rival of Woodstock.

At the Hort Farm (as it’s locally known), students from the University of Vermont have conducted biological research for more than 60 years. At present, the 97-acre facility hosts experimental apple orchards, grape vines, ornamental shrubbery, flower gardens, and a bat house.

Situated atop the eponymous Mt. Philo, this 168-acre park contains a small, 10-site camping area as well as an enclosed picnic pavilion that can be rented for special events.

More than anything, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters wants to get people moving — either paddling on Vermont’s rivers and lakes in the summer or gliding through the winter snow on skis, snowshoes, or dog sleds.

Mad River Glen is an obstinate throwback. It is owned cooperatively by shareholders whose vehicles are plastered with red-and-white ski it if you can bumper stickers. Mad River Glen has no snowmaking equipment. Boarding is banned.

As part of the revitalization of Burlington’s waterfront, the city opened the ECHO Center in 2003 to celebrate, preserve, and promote Lake Champlain.

Stretching from south Burlington to the Winooski River delta, this 7.6-mile recreational path is popular with joggers, bikers, and inline skaters.

A difficult challenge can be found on Vermont’s third-highest peak. The gradually ascending 6.8-mile Monroe Loop culminates in panoramic views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Burlington's only downtown grocery store, City Market is a community-owned food cooperative selling a wide range of local and organic goods, as well as a smaller selection of name-brand products.

The Rails-to-Trails movement of the 1990s opened miles of bike paths along the shores of Lake Champlain (and sometimes on it) and inspired the non-profit advocacy group Local Motion to promote community health via “people-powered” transportation.